Craig Golding

Programme Leader: Music Production

Craig Golding


Job Title: Programme Leader: Music Production

Courses Taught: BA (Hons) Music (Production)

Specialisms: Studio recording and production, Song production

Craig Golding (BA (Hons), PGCE) is Curriculum Leader for the Production and Film Music pathways and Principal Lecturer in Production. His teaching specialisms include Studio Recording and Production, and Song Production.

Craig was originally appointed as Lecturer in Music Production/Popular Music in 2003, before taking up the role as course leader for the BA (Hons) programme in 2006.

Before joining the conservatoire, Craig worked as a professional FOH sound engineer at a number of theatres/venues and toured with the Dance Theatre company Kudos Dance.

Craig has pursued an active freelance career in sound engineering and production since 2000, including work as a FOH engineer at many large UK venues including The Sage, Gateshead, the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, and Queen Elizabeth Hall, London.

He has worked with and recorded a variety of artists and ensembles from choirs and orchestras to singer-songwriters/bands, Indian classical musicians and jazz ensembles.

Craig is also a classically trained musician and can often be found sitting behind the mixing desk with a full score. He signed a publishing contract with Focal Press in 2008, and his co-authored book What is Music Production?: A Producer’s Guide: The Role, The People, The Process was published in 2010 in both the UK and the US. A German translation by Carstensen was published in Europe in 2011.

Alongside his writing, Craig has delivered papers on the subject of music production at both national and international conferences. His most recent professional work has included the recording and mixing for an Indian film soundtrack Life In Marina, and recording/production for a radio comedy series, Piracy.



  • 'Are Three Chords Enough?'

Academic paper looking at the issues surrounding assessment within popular music, delivered at RNCM Teaching and Learning Music conference, July 2006.

  • 'The Quest For The Definitive Music Production Course: An Industry Perspective?'

Academic paper looking at music production education from an industry perspective, delivered at the Art of Record Production conference, San Francisco 2011.



  • What is Music Production?: A Producer’s Guide: The Role, The People, The Process, Focal Press, 2010
  • Demo to Delivery (contributing author) - ed. Russ Hepworth-Sawyer, Focal Press, 2009


Sound engineering, recording/production credits include:

  • Vidiyaaha Mun (Indian Film Soundtrack), 2013 (recording mixing)
  • Life in Marina (Indian film soundtrack), 2012 (recording and mixing)
  • Freedom of the Soul with the Hallé Orchestra, Sheffield City Hall and Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (FOH engineer)

  • SAA-UK tours, venues including The Sage, Gateshead, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London (FOH engineer)

  • SAMAY venues including Barbican, London (FOH engineer), Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield (sound engineer)
  •  Wakefield Theatre Royal & Opera House (in-house sound engineer)
  • Kingston Communications (CD-ROM soundtrack)

  • The ARC, Stockton-on-Tees (chief audio technician)

  • Kudos Dance Theatre Company (FOH/technical stage manager)
  • Various individual clients/projects (albums, voiceovers, soundtracks)
  • Choir of Leeds Cathedral 2014 Album  – Released on Brilliant Classics -  (Recording/Production/Mix)
Enjoy this clip from Crosswire Sessions: a series of performances from our Pop and Production pathway artists 🕺 🎵…
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